Anna_Maria_Chavez2.jpgFriday, April 28, 2017

11:30 am — 1:00 pm

Baruch College

135 East 22nd Street, Room D-301

New York, NY 10010 


IGNITE and the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences at Baruch College are pleased to partner in an effort to inspire more young women to run for office.

Join us for an action-oriented conversation focused on how you can organize and get the support you need to step up and own your fair share of political power.

Prominent elected leaders and politically ambitious young women will share how to best position yourselves as political leaders. You will leave inspired, activated and ready to run!

Register now. 

Meet our Keynote Speaker: Anna Marie Chávez


Anna Maria Chávez developed the leadership skills growing up in Eloy, Arizona, that would propel her into a career of public service. Her desire to transform the world through servant leadership led her to Yale University, before pursuing a juris doctorate at the University of Arizona. She held numerous posts in President Bill Clinton's administration, and later returning to Arizona to serve then-governor Janet Napolitano. Her success led to her appointment as the CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA where she served from 2011-2016. In 2016, Anna was named as one of the World's 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune magazine, cited for her vision and creativity in working to revitalize the Girl Scout brand for a new century. 

Welcome and opening remarks: 

Aldemaro Romero Jr. .jpgAldemaro Romero Jr., Dean of the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences at Baruch College

Dean Romero is a scholar and a higher education administrator.  He received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Barcelona, Spain, and his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Miami, Florida.  He has published nearly 900 pieces including more than 20 books and monographs and hundreds of articles in both peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed publications.  His academic interests range from environmental and evolutionary biology to marine biology to history and philosophy of science and science communication.  He has also been involved in mass communication and art productions and has been awarded numerous grants and prizes for his research, teaching, and science communication work.

His experience in academia includes, but is not limited to, Director and Associate Professor of the Environmental Studies Program at Macalester College, MN (1998-2003), Chair and Professor of the Department of Biological Sciences at Arkansas State University (2003-2009), Dean and Professor of the College of Arts and Sciences at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (2009-2014), and Dean and Professor of the George and Mildred Weissman School of Arts & Sciences at Baruch College – CUNY (2016-present).

As an administrator, he has successfully led efforts in fundraising, profile enhancement, sustainability programs, and diversification and internationalization of faculty, students, and staff.  Because of his creativity and innovative approaches, he has distinguished himself as a transformative leader.

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David R. Jones, Chair of Political Science at Baruch College

David R. Jones is Professor and Chair of Political Science at Baruch College, City University of New York. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. His research on congressional behavior and elections has been published in several scholarly journals. He is also the author of Political Parties and Policy Gridlock in American Government (2001) and coauthor, with Monika L. McDermott, of Americans, Congress, and Democratic Responsiveness: Public Evaluations of Congress and Electoral Consequences (2009). He has served as an exit poll analyst for CBS News and the New York Times.


Meet our Panelists:



Amanda Farias, Director of Special Projects at the New York City Council

Amanda is a lifelong Bronxite with a passion for public service. Born and raised in the Soundview neighborhood of the Bronx, Amanda is a second generation Puerto Rican-Dominican who understands firsthand the hardships of living in one of the most underserved areas of the United States. Born the oldest of three children in a single parent household, Amanda learned at an early age the value of hard work as she helped to support her family.

Amanda first entered public life by fighting voter suppression and mobilizing Black and Latino communities for President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign. Since then, Amanda has worked diligently in the New York City Council to strengthen our public schools through overseeing of SMART technology upgrades for students and classrooms, develop and expand job-training programs for the unemployed and underemployed, and protecting our seniors by securing additional funding to fight food insecurity.

For several years, Amanda managed the City Council’s Women’s Caucus, where she organized campaigns around equal pay, women’s healthcare services, and providing more opportunities for Minority-and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs).Amanda also served as the Director for Participatory Budgeting for Council District 30, where she spearheaded the allocation of over one million dollars in capital funds, as voted on by thousands of local residents, to improve public schools, libraries, and parks in the district.

Amanda is a proud product of Bronx schools, she attended P.S. 69, Holy Cross School and Preston High School in the Bronx. She holds a B.A. in Government and Politics and an M.A. in International Relations from St. John’s University.

Marian Guerra, Program Associate, Marian_Guerra1.jpgThe New American Leaders Project 

A first-generation Filipina American, Marian is committed to building the political power of immigrants and women of color. Marian is the Program Associate at the New American Leaders Project, the only national nonpartisan organization that trains immigrants and children of immigrants to run for office. There, she supports a national pipeline of progressive movement leaders who are closing the representation gap, diversifying government and advancing inclusive policies in their states.              

In 2016, she co-founded the Filipino American Democratic Club of New York. As the club’s Political Director, she supports programs that bring more Filipinos into the political process and build the bench of leadership within the Filipino community. This year, the club formed the Coalition to Defend Little Manila with other community and advocacy groups to fight against gentrification in Woodside, Queens. Marian also directs Asian American Millennials Unite, an online blog that engages Asian American youth in the electoral process.

Marian holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Columbia University, where she presided over the school's Filipino student organization, Liga Filipina, on its Typhoon Haiyan fundraising and relief efforts.

Nily Rozic, New York State Assembly, 25th District1415107_721272774568820_1162409576_o.jpg

Assemblywoman Nily Rozic represents New York’s 25th District, which spans the northeast portion of Queens, including the communities of Flushing, Queensboro Hill, Hillcrest, Fresh Meadows, Oakland Gardens, Bayside, and Douglaston. Upon her election in 2012, Assemblywoman Rozic became the youngest woman in the state legislature and the first woman ever to represent the 25th District. Nily serves on the Assembly’s Children and Families, Corporations, Authorities and Commissions, Correction, Environmental Conservation, and Labor Committees. She is a member of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus and the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force.

Nily is focused on serving Queens’ day to day needs for State services and fighting for key quality of life issues in her district. In Albany, Nily is an outspoken advocate for working and middle class families, immigrant communities, and students, and she has already sponsored and passed legislation aimed at revitalizing New York’s environment, expanding government transparency, and strengthening the state’s workforce development system. She is also committed to social justice, equality and opportunity for all.

Nily was born in Jerusalem and raised in Queens, where she dedicated herself to public service at an early age. Prior to her election, she was Chief of Staff to Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, a role that allowed her to help protect senior centers and programs from drastic cuts, increase parkland and open space, expand neighborhood bus service, and bring much-needed reform to Albany by pushing for the revamping of city elections and instituting of public financing for state elections. Nily also served as a member of Community Board 8 and as a member of the Townsend Harris High School Alumni Association.

Nily was selected as a Rising Star on City & State’s annual list of the Next Generation of Political Leaders and The Jewish Week's 36 Under 36. Nily has been a featured speaker at Running Start’s Young Women’s Political Summit and at the American Association of University Women‘s Elect Her: Campus Women Win Initiative. She was a finalist for the first-ever EMILY’s List Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award. A graduate of New York University, Nily proudly calls Fresh Meadows home.


Tricia Shimamura, New York City Community Board Member

Tricia Shimamura works at Columbia University in the Office of Government and Community Affairs. She previously worked as Deputy Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY12), and has volunteered on several NY campaigns, including Christine Quinn, Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, Congresswoman Maloney, and Hillary Clinton.  She was appointed as a Member of Manhattan Community Board 8 in 2016, and currently chairs the Waterfront Committee.  She is also a member of the Four Freedoms Democratic Club, and chairs the Diversity, Inclusion, and Outreach Committee.  Ms. Shimamura received her B.A. at Kenyon College and her Masters in Social Work from New York University.  


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